Artist Biography

1900 - 1990

Vladimir Pavlovich Shkurkin was born in northern China on July 7, 1900. He was educated in a military school in Siberia with art studies at the School of Fine Art in Kiev (1917-22). Upon immigrating to America in 1925, he moved to Seattle where he painted many murals in public buildings (Eagles Auditorium, 1925; Civic Auditorium, 1927; Egyptian Bldg, 1930). In 1938 he moved to San Francisco and did murals in the San Francisco Pavilion and Brazilian Pavilion for the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939. After settling in nearby Vallejo in 1941, he worked as a commercial artist at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, a job he kept until retiring in 1963. He then continued to paint, exhibit, and teach privately. Shkurkin died in Vallejo on November 3, 1990. His oeuvre includes about 3,000 paintings. Member: Society of Western Artists; Artist League of Vallejo; Diablo Art Ass'n; Oakland Art Ass'n; El Cerrito Art Ass'n; Sonoma Art Center. Awards: 42 first prizes and 85 lesser awards. Works held: Mare Island Officers Club; Vallejo City Hall; Vallejo Maritime Museum; St John's Church (Berkeley); Russian Orthodox Church (Bryte, CA); Vallejo Home State Park.

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